Bolt d’Oro vs. Good Magic could come down to the wire – Orange County Register

Oh boy. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Filet mignon or prime rib? The Godfather or To Kill a Mockingbird? The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Jordan or LeBron?

Personally, I’d have Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (if you haven’t seen it, make sure you do) high on my list of all-time favorite flicks, and I’ve never seen a more unstoppable force on a basketball court than Wilt in his prime.

But that’s just me.

My favorite all-time horse is Sham (quit snickering, Secretariat fanatics), who won one Grade I race in his lifetime. My boyhood hero, other than my dad, was Frank Howard, who whiffed almost four times as often as he homered. My favorite musician is … OK, we won’t go there.

But back to decisions. Tough decisions. Decisions that leave you scratching your head. Painstaking decisions that you agonize over and finally come to a conclusion that the choice you’ve made is the right one.

I’ve been an Eclipse Awards voter for close to 20 years and I’ve rarely had a tougher decision than the one for this year’s top 2-year-old male — Good Magic or Bolt d’Oro.

Again, Spielberg or Lucas? Bach or Beethoven? Lamborghini or Rolls? I’m kind of partial toward that pea-green Pinto I owned in college, but hey, that’s just me.

I mean, how do you choose between a horse that looked like your sure-fire 2018 Kentucky Derby winner going into last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar and still finished third in the race despite a horrific trip you wouldn’t wish on your least favorite in-law, or the horse that won the race and looks to be a top contender for this year’s Run for the Roses as the Road to the Derby begins in earnest this weekend?

Bolt d’Oro?

The Medaglia d’Oro colt is the only 2-year-old male who won two Grade I races in 2017. He won the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita. He blew away the field by 7 3/4 lengths in the latter, stamping himself as a potential superstar. His 3-year-old campaign will be delayed because of a pulled muscle, but hopefully it’s just a minor setback.

Then there’s Good Magic, a son of Curlin who was nearly as impressive while winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths as Bolt d’Oro was in his romp in the FrontRunner. Good Magic came up only a half-length short in his other Grade I start, the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

I can’t fault anyone who voted for either colt. They’re both deserving. Yet, Eclipse voters are not allowed to split their…

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